Sarge Frye Field was named for Weldon B. "Sarge" Frye who was essentially "Groundskeeper Emeritus" at the University of South Carolina. The grass was never greener anywhere on Earth than at The Sarge during the Spring. It was his baby.
A little bit of history...Gamecocks Baseball has only had 1, yes 1, losing season since 1971, that being the 1996 season, June Raines last at USC
. We ended the season 3 games under .500.
I have been attending games since 1979. I have seen a lot of great baseball played, and some not so great baseball played. One of the best nights at The Sarge was April 23, 1997, "The Night The Tigers Were Tamed", final of 38-16
Being a Batgirl toward the end of June's tenure was a fun time. I was there when we joined the SEC, and played our first home SEC series vs. LSU. Sunday's game was played in sleet. Back then we played a DH on Saturday and one on Sunday.
We hosted the 1993 SEC Eastern Division Baseball Tournament. We went 0-2, losing to UGA and V Hightower's Vandy team. I swannee...that shot he hit was still rising when it hit the Green Monster in CF.
I can remember when the fence around the outfield was just a regular fence you could see through. The weekend that we would host our 3 games of the 6 game Clemsux series, that fence would be lined with folks sitting in their lawnchairs, watching baseball.
I saw HRs hit trains on the tracks behind RF. Saw many a train conductors stop their trains to watch baseball on many a warm Spring afternoon (or night).
The Sarge had the charm of an old neighborhood ballpark. We used to slide down the hill (where the new Roost is now) on cardboard boxes during the game, and run along the OF fence shagging HR balls.
Lots of fun times, and lots of heartbreak.